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12/26/2013

HYGIENE PROMOTION IN RELATION TO COMMUNITY CONSENSUS BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABLE HEALTH

I am Lemi Peter Joseph a WASH hygiene promoter for JEN running the Village Transformation Programme (VTP) project in the three villages, Balamuke, Yembe, and Papara respectively of Abegi sub-boma, Wotogo boma, Otogo Payam of Yei River County, where JEN is currently working in.

Sustainable health is the result of consensus building, a common belief exists that, Sanitation and Personal hygiene practices remain together, therefore, sustainable health of the community is not made at the council table or by treaties but only in hygiene and sanitation promotion.

Hygiene and sanitation promotion is a health promotion whose goal is to transform and change behavior associated with poor hygiene and sanitation practices. The ultimate purpose is to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with WASH related diseases and improves the health care status of the three villages of Abegi sub-boma, however, this sustainable health promotion transformation in Abegi has attracted 99 Voluntary Community hygiene promoters and three hygiene clubs in their respective villages comprises of 45 members in general. Therefore, with these JEN is doing great for the vigilant transformation in these villages.

December 26, 2013 in South Sudan |

Self Introduction

Nice to meet you.
I’m Kenichiro Honmura
I came to Sri Lanka as a JEN intern.

I’m an undergraduate and took a temporary leave from school for one year. And then I started to intern in JEN Tokyo from April 2013. I’ve been in Sri Lanka since December and stay for 3 months.

While in university, I participated in volunteering activities which support refugees to Japan. So I got interested in international cooperation and NGO. That’s why I applied to JEN and started as intern.
I report project progression and real situation during my stay as simple as possible

Sincerely

Intern in Sri Lanka Honmura

[JEN’s project site in Batticaloa where the people lives is inconvenient and there are no shops and hospitals.]
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December 26, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Come to the end of the year 2013

Here it is the end of the year. Time to draw up a report of the year.

Before that I would like to share with you one of my professional experience. I had the chance to attend a meeting that introduced to the audience the success of an international known priest, which during more than 30 years has conducted programs to realize artificial lakes where the stress in water was high. Forget about is faith, the results are astonishing. The benefice obtained are divers as well as on agriculture, fishery, environment, drinking water…It’s rare to have program so complete that affect several fields.

Such positive thing is so rare that we have to mention it. That brings me to the core of my point. Let’s look back on the year 2013 and see the positive points that I can remember.

First of all this year Haiti was spared by natural disaster. I guess all of you think about earthquake but cyclones are devastating. I do not minimize earthquake but Haiti is the crossroad of the cyclone from Africa, the north of the Caribbean, the south of the Caribbean and the golf of Mexico. Even if Haiti was threatened by several cyclones we were lucky that we didn’t have to experience any of them.

Second point and that is the one of the consequences of the first one. The harvest of the year was very good. This very good news reduces the stress on food in several parts on Haiti, reduce locally the inflation. The climate was in favor of the farmer. We are far from the time that Haiti exported goods but it can be a good start.

The last time I mentioned the environment, it’s armless to do it again. It’s still shy but the laws exist even if it’s not carry on systematically. But people are talking about it in the press you can notice that major towns want to take action on this matter. And again I remember my first days and I can’t compare with today.

Over all of this, even if it’s sensitive to talk about it the actual government is still present. With all difficulties that faces Haiti to be in the government of Haiti should not be easy every day. But what need a country if not political stability. This year wasn’t a break for the government. But at the end of the year the President published the “election law” what calm down the tension. The youngest haven’t known a president which could complete is mandate. It’s too early to say that he will do it but as the purpose of this paper, let’s be positive especially when we know the positive impact. Haiti by geographical location can take advantage on economy and of course tourism. And this government did understand and declared that few cities will be developed trough out it.

The other major positive point of political stability is of course the security. We can’t deny that the security is better every day. The data shows that the situation compare to the previous year (2012) is much better.

To conclude this paper here are my 2014 wishes for Haiti. First of all I really hope that the population will not experience a natural disaster, and my things go to the Philippines’. Secondly, that political stability will be confirmed, to leave the floor to the development. And for the point that I didn’t mention, that the healthcare will be improved as well as the human right.

Ludovic Blanco
Head of Office in Haiti




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December 26, 2013 in Haiti |

Look up at Starry Sky: "Star Watching Class in Oshika"

"Star Watching Class in Oshika", an event to enjoy beautiful nighttime sky, took place at Oshika trailer site for families in Ayukawa, Ishinomaki on December 22. Twenty-three people including families from Ishinomaki joined the event.

 

Mr. Nishimura who has planned and chaired this event is now in his junior year at the University of Tokyo.

 

Discovering that the Oshika peninsula provides a spectacular view of starry sky through his repeated visits to Ishinomaki to join JEN as a volunteer, he wondered "if it wouldn't be possible to hold an event where he can entertain children in Ishinomaki with the same hobbies as his own, star watching."

 

His efforts to seek support for his idea from the members and alumni of his own hobby circle, the astronomy department at the physiographic study group of the University of Tokyo, brought nineteen members to endorse his idea and form a planning committee, making his idea a reality.

 

At first children listened to Mr. Nishimura's talks about the Diamond of Winter and constellations representing winter and then observed Jupiter and nebulae through astronomical telescopes under the night sky. The children spent time enjoying astronomical observations as they please: looking up into the night sky for constellations they learned, observing Jupiter and nebulae through astronomical telescopes.

 

【The star cluster Pleiades in the constellation of Taurus observed through telescope.】
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(A photo taken by Mr. Itsurou Matsuno, a planning committee member)

 

【The children were listening intently to a lecture.】
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As said an elementary school fourth-grader with a twinkle in his eyes who used to live in Oshika peninsula but now lives in an urban district, "I was able to see many stars that I usually can't see; they were sparkling; it's been nice watching stars through a telescope."

 

Then appeared Santa Claus and his reindeer disguised by the planning committees members and presented the children message cards and photos of stars.

 

【Santa too made an entrance!】
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Mr. Nishimura conveyed his greetings to them saying "Today's stars in the sky have been the best in my life. I hope you remember looking up the sky for the same stars on this day when you have a chance to look up the sky. I'm glad to see you enjoying." He also said "Fewer artificial lights make the Oshika peninsula one of the best places for star watching in Miyagi prefecture; equipped with accommodation facilities including campsites, it's ready to accept many people; so if many more people would come to enjoy star watching, that could help restore vitality to the area."

 

【Message cards were circulated to all participants by the planning committee.】
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December 26, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

12/19/2013

The 3rd "Handicrafts market, Hands-on exhibit in Ishinomaki" Held

On December 14, the third "Handicraft market, Hands-on exhibit in Ishinomaki: Making Handcrafting into Jobs", an event aimed at giving a leg up to women who do handicrafts in Ishinomaki, took place at the central office of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives in Ishinomaki.

This event has been held with the goals of assisting women who have determined to lead a forward-looking life by doing handicrafts; enabling participants to enjoy the taste of success by providing an opportunity to sell their products; discovering people who have an interest in doing handcraft; presenting chances of finding working partners; making a good place to share information among participants and so on.

(The details of the last event in September are available here)

In this event, the third, a record number of twenty-two organizations participated, half of them joining for the first time. With participants having frequent discussions on event planning in advance and preparing the event hall and booths on the day, a networking among participants has evolved.

Many visitors had waited for the event to open at 10 a.m., the event start time.
On that day, Ishinomaki saw the first snow covering, and so there was a worry that the snow would affect the turnout at the event but there was really no time when visitors stop coming and 275 visitors visited the event, exceeding the number of the previous event.

【As soon as the doors opened, many guests visited the event!】
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The hands-on exhibition, as December had rolled around, centered on making good-luck bracelets or small seasonal articles associated with Christmas and New Year, people of all ages having a good time.
The event also provided an opportunity for visitors and participants to communicate friendly, enabling them to share the joy of handicraft.

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【Are you done well?】
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Very new were extra entertainments such as holding a mystery draw and setting up a space where you can relax over some snacks, which entertainments were based on ideas collected from participants.
Mothers with young children could have unhurried pace of time browsing around booths and having talk with booths' owners while their children were amusing themselves by writing graffiti or doing origami at a children's square decorated pleasantly. And a newly set up consultation corner was welcoming women saying "I'd love to open a booth!"

After the event, JEN's staff members and booth owners had a meeting to look back that day's event and prepare for the next one. Among the remarks about the event were "Every booth has set up nice display. I should have taken photos of them!", "I felt closer to visitors than last time, so it was good for me to be able to communicate with them, it was fun." The event was able to provide participants an opportunity to resolve their challenges through exchanging ideas and information with event participants.

JEN will continue helping women doing handicrafts in Ishinomaki arrange next event scheduled in February.

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December 19, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Women Role in Behavior change

Two social institutions are very strong in FATA; one is religious institution and the other is Family institution. Family institution is one of the most important pillars of society; and Women are the guardians of this institution.
Women are the key factor to transfer the knowledge from one generation to the other. Usually grandmother and elder women have large records of traditional stories to tell children. They transfer knowledge, traditions, beliefs and mindsets to the new generation.

JEN seeks opportunities of behavior change in its target beneficiaries through SWOT analysis. Initially we identify an opportunity and set a comprehensive plan to utilize it. Through community activists, JEN launches advocacy campaign and once the acceptance reaches to the satisfactory level then activities related to behavior change in women is started. Usually new activities/concepts are started from those houses in the area which are influential over the rest and comparatively more educated so the acceptance goes smoothly.      

[JEN Hygiene Promoter delivering session to the women beneficiaries]
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Now the women at house hold level are capable to maintain the hygienic environment in their houses. Beside this, children are sensitized about the unhygienic behavior. A five years old Nabi shah told JEN staff that his Grandmother told him that there are worm eggs in the soil and if I walked without the shoes the worm will be infected in my body. So we all friends are now putting shoes.

[A mother is helping his son in personal hygiene]
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[A woman is maintaing hair of her daughter]
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Now the women are educated about the hygiene and they are putting it into practice. They have started transfer of their knowledge to the new generation.      
                           
                


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December 19, 2013 in Pakistan |

Launching a new project!

Today marks the first day of our new project in Iraq and we are grateful of all the wishes and hopes that we receive from our supporters and also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan who encouraged us to make this happen. Thank you so very much!

Our new project is called, “Improvement of Hygienic Environment in the Primary and Secondary Schools in Central and Northern Iraq.” As you notice from the name, we will continue and expand what we’ve been doing for the past 10 years in Iraq. For year 2014, we will have students understand the importance of hygiene and have them acquire and practice hygienic behaviors such as washing your hands, gargling and brushing your teeth. We hope that many more students will learn how to protect them from catching diseases and how to improve their health conditions in order to continue studying and learning at schools.

As mentioned before, we have been implementing projects which contribute to the education sector in Iraq from 2003. From 2010, we were able to expand our project sites outside Baghdad and to 4 other governorates. We have rehabilitated school facilities and implemented hygiene education activities in over 200 public schools in these 5 governorates and we are more than happy that we were able to complete these activities. However, the education sector in Iraq needs much more support. And therefore, we decided that we will continue our contribution to see many more children studying in a safer school environment and learning how to be healthy and happy.

[Students receiving Portal Trash Boxes, which JEN developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Iraq]
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[Students practicing how to brush their teeth]
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In this new project, we will encourage approximately 650 teachers and 8,000 students of 18 schools in Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk Governorate to join hygiene education classes and activities. In addition, we will rehabilitate water and sanitation facilities in 3 schools because their facilities have been dysfunctional for a long time, and have contributed to an extremely unsafe environment for children. We also have a new activity. We will encourage the Departments of Education in the respective governorate to understand the importance of monitoring and maintenance of school buildings and facilities. We hope that this new activity will initiate an attempt to have all rehabilitated and newly constructed school buildings in Iraq to go through monitoring and maintenance so that they will continue being a safe environment for children as long as possible.   

[A dysfunctional toilet facility in A Primary School]
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[A broken window at B Secondary School]
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Last but not least, we want you to know that all of our past projects and contributions to the education sector in Iraq could not have been done without your support and encouragement. We are more than motivated to provide more children in Iraq with a clean and safe school environment, and also hygiene education. Please stay tuned for updates and positive outcomes!



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December 19, 2013 in Iraq |

Support Staff of JEN Family

The entire Afghanistan program of JEN is been managed by here in Islamabad office. A lot of staffs are working for the assistance for Afghanistan but there are also some members who are taking care of us by the support side.
Our office in Islamabad has seven support staff members. Four drivers, one office cleaner, one gardener, and security guards.
Imagine what would happened if all administrative support staff walked off their jobs today?
And also what it would be like if officer/Assistants had to do the jobs of the support staff as well their own?

Our office cleaner Nasreen is aged but she is so innocent and all the time busy. Sometimes,  she asks me for her problem in a childish and requesting way, few times she wants me to listen her carefully I enjoyed her this act during work.

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Abdul Wahid is one of our drivers who have a funny mood we think him an entertainment channel of boring time for his partners and staff. Sometime his mood is for singing and he entertain his partners this also shows the hidden kid in Wahid.

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Each of support staffs also has lovely character. As JEN is an international NGO and having projects in difficult area, sometimes it seems the field staffs is everything. Of course, staffs who are directly working hard in the project sites are the key, but the support staffs who are assisting the project from the back side are also the part of JEN.
The end of year is almost coming. Best wishes to all staffs who supported hardly during 2013.

JEN Islamabad
Administration and financial assistant
Humaira Wahab

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December 19, 2013 in Afghanistan |

12/12/2013

Using community resources

MARTIN LOKOLO JUSTIN is JEN economic empowerment assistant Yei central e equatorial state South Sudan he is 29 years old married and has three children his main tasks are to be responsible for the day to day implementation of JENs empowerment project in Yei county and develop grass roots training, packaging and marketing programs on soap making.

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Examining resources limitations: Most organization works within limited resources and budget and the project are subjected to similar constrains. Anew project may entail an extravagant use of resources, so one will need to make sure that they really would be available. But the success of the project depends on the level of the resources that is likely to be locally available.

Looking in to using existing processes or resources: In order to reduce project time –scale, it is important to look at what is currently exists for example other department may have plan for change in an associated area that one could capitalize on, product part that would avoid the need to invent something new. It is important to consider these issues and reuse as much as possible. It is rarely a good idea to start from scratch, no matter how appealing that may seem


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The photo above showing the Tinate Ombasi soap making group soap products. Analyzing what resources the group will need and whether they can afford them in absence of JEN looking at the resources the group need for the soap making most of them are locally available they can get within the community and others that are not locally manufactured can be found in the market this means the group will be self-reliant no only that the group was given a lot of trainings.




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December 12, 2013 in South Sudan |

Hope?

When I landed to Haiti after few hours and days my feeling for Haiti was “hopeless”. Rough!!! After 9 months in the country what will be my opinion. As you can notice I’m still in the country. Maybe in the darkness I see alight for Haiti. So what changed? Maybe nothing or maybe I am used to leave here, not sure.

I can remember the second day of my arrival as yesterday. We had to cross a part of Port-Au-Prince (the capital) to reach one sub-base on the field (that was my house office during 2 months). We took more than 2 hours to reach there (for 50 kilometers) and trust me we took a very good driver. My first impression as I told you was nothing to do here.

Tomorrow morning I will have a meeting in Port-Au-Prince. Do you thing that I have to wake up in the middle of the night to be on time. If you think so, let me tell you wrong. Now at the right time we need 45 minute to reach the middle of the PAP. But we can’t still prevent a traffic jam.

Here it is in 9 months I can say I have seen changes. If I take the same road as my first travel in the country I will see people that gather waste around the market where there were mounts of garbage. It’s not Singapore but it’s a huge improvement. Today when I check the news on the web what I saw was impressive. 200 000 objects in Styrofoam were seizure in groceries. If you see outside it’s nothing but it’s a good start. A recent law (10 July 2013) banish those types of material mainly used for take away food, or cups…Could you believe that a country where a part of his population is dying from hunger, were the cholera is killing every week…that can establish this kind of law for the next generation, I call this hope. When recall myself that it’s not so long time ago that in my country the plastic bag was declared forbidden. It’s only few years ago that all incandescent bulb light was definitely replace by low consumption bulb light.

Now let see in my own field. I was invited by the National authority of water and sanitation for a meeting. They present to all invited (organization, firms…) a document of thousands pages, including more than 100 individual documents. What it is? A guide regarding everything concerning water and sanitation. Standards that should be followed subject to prosecution if not respected. All of this compacted in a soft copy. Trust me build something like this after such events, built something like this from nothing, attempt to place order when it’s the chaos so fast it’s a miracle.

Maybe that’s why I’m still in Haiti.



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December 12, 2013 in Haiti |

Now 1,000 Days since Disaster Outbreak: Lantern Vigil to Commemorate 3,266 Victims

With December 5, 2013 at 14:46 marking 1,000 days since the disaster broke out, citizen volunteers hosted "the Great Tohoku Earthquake Lantern Vigil to Commemorate the Anniversary of 1,000 Days."

Many people gathered for a prayer vigil for the victims of the Great Tohoku Earthquake from all around the city of Ishinomaki.

【There lit 3,266 lanterns, the same number as the number of victims (as of the end of September 2013)】
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There stands a big signboard saying "Hang in there! Ishinomaki!" at Kadonowaki 5-chome where the ceremony was taken place, which neighborhood is now serving as a landmark that helps you know how devastating the disaster was and thus attracts endless streams of tour buses carrying inspection parties every day.

However, not much is known about the fact that the signboard has been erected by citizens. On April 11, just one month after the disaster, two men living in Ishinomaki decided that they had to encourage victims who were taking shelters and going back and forth between their shelters and dwelling sites to clear rubbles and that was when they placed the signboard.

【Around the signboard with a message "Hang in There! Ishinomaki"; There used to be a town with stores and houses.】
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This ceremony was run by a planning committee organized by citizens and some 70 volunteers. It's intended to commemorate victims together and determine to move forward together as we were kept alive and allowed to stay live. 
First-year art club members at Ishinomaki High School developed the design of lantern layout in the shape of wave rings centering 3/11-shaped lanterns so that the people in Ishinomaki may pay more attention rather than 3/11 to the present and then the future just like wave rings ripple around

【Rare for Ishinomaki's weather, it was a windless day.】
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The chair of the planning committee said "We are going to host the ceremony at each junction to pray for those who were killed and to provide an opportunity of sharing the determination to restore Ishinomaki."

For your reference: the group of "Hang in There! Ishinomaki ";

【Every citizen who gathered sang "Flowers Bloom" in chorus at the ceremony that began 6 p.m.】

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December 12, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

12/05/2013

A New Project!

JEN Haiti started a new water and hygiene project on the first of December, with financial assistance from the Japanese Foreign Ministry and support from you all. We plan to carry out the project over eight months to solve the water and hygiene issues in Haiti, with three approaches: ensuring access to safe water; establishing a sustainable maintenance management system for water supply facilities by local residents; and promoting better hygiene to prevent diarrhoea and cholera.

The project includes first fixing a 6 km-long water conduit, then building nine kiosk-style water stations and a water tank whose water will be taken from the conduit. This will provide local residents with access to safe water. Kiosk-style water station is box-shaped, with one to three water taps on the outside. Kiosk keeper has charge of water supply; local residents can take water from the taps and pay a fee by the bucket.

【Unusable faucet】
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【Water tank】
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【Kiosk-style water station】
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 We also construct and enhance a framework as well as forming a water committee so that local residents will be able to sustainably maintain the water stations. Water committee members are elected by local residents and collect usage fee from them. This framework is expected to contribute to long-term maintenance management of water supply facilities by local residents.

【Election of water committee members】
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【Water committee training】
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  We also support local residents to recognise risks related to public hygiene and acquire knowledge, which will help to prevent diarrhoea and cholera infection. Volunteer hygiene promoters are recruited from local residents and build their knowledge of hygiene through our training. Meanwhile local residents can improve hygiene knowledge and hygienic habit through home visits and campaigns mainly by the volunteer hygiene promoters.

【Volunteer hygiene promoter training】
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【Hygiene promotion campaign】
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 We would greatly appreciate your continuing support for residents in Haiti.

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December 5, 2013 in Haiti |

Life change activity by JEN in FATA

According to SPHERE standard per person needs at least 15 litters water per day for drinking, domestic hygiene and for personal hygiene.  Government is responsible to provide this basic need to the people but in developing or under developed countries usually people can’t have enough water for their daily use. Same case is in Pakistan and people in the rural areas specially are facing problem of water.

In FATA the women are supposed to arrange water for kitchen and for other domestic use. One woman brings 25 to 30 liter water per trip from far and sometimes even more then1 KM away. The women life in FATA is miserable comparatively to men. The conflict bring another failure for this marginalized community, that the water supply to the nearby village or the spring are demolished or partially damaged. So this was another awful situation.

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JEN water supply scheme was a miracle for the villagers. One of the women from Staro Pakha Kalay  Bibi Janat told to JEN staff.

‘After we came back from IDP camp to our home we found that our house is demolished, the livestock were lost. Bed, clothes, everything we left over in the house was not usable anymore or it was disappeared. Drinking water source was also not working anymore because of any maintenance for long time. That time I look up to sky and pray to God for help.  We face very difficult to bring the water from faraway. Even during month of Holy Ramadan and having with fasting we carry 20 to 30 liters.

JEN and JEN staff are angels for us, and this scheme was our pray which we made to God, So the God send you all to us. “

She further added that now she herself or her children are filling the water from the water tape installed very near to their house.

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JEN FATA Kurram Office , Field Officer, 
Mehnaz bibi




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December 5, 2013 in Pakistan |

Al-Zawra Park for Games

The park in Baghdad where people can relax will be a topic today as to introduce the daily life of people in Iraq.

Al-Zawra Park is a large area located on the centre of Baghdad; the park includes a large green area and comfortable sitting places, restaurants, water fountains, lake, zoo and games city which has several games for children and youth.

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Many families and school pupils visit the games city at Al-Zawra every day and people spend a nice time especially in holidays. The price of games is ranged between $1 for kids and $4 for youth. It looks better after installing 15 new moderate games. Main building and services are in progress to be built.

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Several take-away restaurants are distributed all over Al-Zawra Park and games city so that people are not urged to leave the Park. Many W.C. units can be seen as well. The services at the Park within acceptable level and needs more interesting, the games city sends invitations to all schools in Baghdad to let them visit the park for playing with discount game prices.

People can relax in the park much more than before even though public security is still unstable.

On the other hand, Al-Zawra Park has no main drainage pipe system, so the Park was filled with water at the last rainfall in Baghdad in November 2013, in spite of existing of large green area and lake. It is required to install drainage sewage pipes at all the Park for rain water.
The Park is in need for more maintenance and services in order to serve comfort for the people who visit the park.



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December 5, 2013 in Iraq |

JEN Presented Writing Instruments to Parwan Orphanage School

On November 18th, 2013, JEN presented 2,422 writing instruments which were donated by Chikuma International Exchange Association to 160 students at Parwan Orphanage School in Charikar, in Parwan Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

A on-site JEN senior field officer visited the orphanage that day to donate the goods, such as notes, pencils, colored pencils, mechanical pencils, erasers, and rulers to the children at the orphanage.
The left-over materials are being kept in the orphanage for incoming pupils.

【JEN's Senior Officer Hands Out Writing Instruments】
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Parwan Orphanage School is the only orphanage in the Province of Parwan and the orphaned students who go there are not only from the Peovince of Parwan but also from five other nearby provinces.

Chikuma International Exchange Association had supported the repair of its classroom, warehouse, canopy and kitchen, and also installed a toilet.

In addition, the Ministry of Public Health distributes a facility maintenance, education, and food allowances to the school. The Ministry also distributes clothes twice a year for the students.
However, since there was no writing instruments given to the school so far except donation from mosques, there has always been a shortage.

Under such conditions, students are very glad to have his or her own writing instruments thanks to Chikuma International Exchange Association's donation.

【Students Happy to Receive Writing Instruments】
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Mr. Abdul Wahid, the dean of the orphanage expressing his gratitude, saying "I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warm and unforgettable support to us".

【Dean of Parwan Orphanage School Expressing His Gratitude】
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12/04/2013

The 4th "Come to Join Fishing Event: Oyster Harvest Festival; Oysters Now in Season" Takes Place

The fourth "Come to Join Fishery Event" hosted by Higashihama planning committee was held at Sudachihama on the Oshika Peninsula on December 1.
Now that this is the season to enjoy oysters, all-oyster dishes feature the fourth event.
A lot of plans were worked out at the event  including touring an oyster farm, experiencing oyster shelling, exchanging with middle-aged women and young fishermen in Higashihama's community while feasting on oyster dishes, making the event special and unique to the oyster season.

【After listening to precautions on board from fishermen, participants headed for an oyster farm.】
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It usually takes two years until oysters are ready to ship; during the first year oysters are cultivated in inshore farms with gentle waves and for the second year in offshore farms with restless waves.

The tour featured visits to both farms.

【When ropes of two-year-old oysters were hauled, whereupon they found large oysters!】
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【Harvested two-year-old oysters】
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After harvesting oysters, the participants experienced shelling oysters with the guidance of the people in Higashihama.
We usually eat already-shelled oysters available at stores and so the participants seemed to have difficulties in the first-time experience of their shelling oysters. They were much surprised to hear that fishermen can shell 3-5 oysters per second.

【They are trying oyster shelling!】
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By the time they finished shelling oysters, middle-aged women in Higashihama had already prepared lunch, waiting for them to sit at the lunch table.

【Wonderful local oyster dishes were served!】
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Cooking of oysters served on this day was abundant in variety such as grilled oysters, rice assorted with blue mussels, miso soup with oysters and laver, fried oysters as well as steamed oysters or an oyster hot pot at the table using oysters that are shelled by the participants, proving to be luxurious all-oyster dishes.

They seemed greatly pleased with fresh oyster dishes, for one of the children who said "I only have fried oysters at home" ate a number of grilled oysters or the other child said "I couldn't like fried oysters but I can now eat them."
Among the participants were those who had participated before, and so the participants and people in Higashihama enjoyed taking with each other, for the day passing by happily.

The day went by surprisingly fast; before the participants say good-bye, each participant expressed their thanks or feedbacks to the people in Higashihama.

It's scheduled to hold next Come to Join Fishery Event in March when wakame (soft seaweed) is in season. The executive committee wants many people to participate and enjoy the nature of the Oshika peninsula and fresh seafood. So, why not come and join the event next time?

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